After careful study and costs analysis—including a factor of the tax credit available through the end of the year—Public Storage planned a trial run of solar panel installation in Honolulu, Hawaii. One of the first steps in any solar panel installation is to determine the most efficient location for placement. Some of the roofs on the five buildings where installation was planned were in need of repair, prior to installing. Public Storage engaged EMG to provide assessment of current roof condition, management of installation, and assurance that the project would be completed on schedule so they could be approved by the power company to claim the tax credit before it expired. Without that credit, the Return on Investment would be much farther in the future, and the project would not be as financially feasible.
For each building, EMG first conducted a roof survey, to determine repairs required to provide adequate support for the 100+ solar panels that would be installed. Area was measured to determine whether there was adequate space to accommodate the panels. Repairs were performed and materials were ordered. EMG managed the schedule, flow of the cranes, staging, safety zones, and installation of the solar panels, their disconnect panels, and the extensive pipe work involved, making sure it was “per plan and per spec.” Each site was visited three times—twice for progress visits and once for the punch walk, for which EMG had developed a 70 – 100 line punch list. Resolution of the punch walk issues was conducted via photographs from the GC. EMG’s consistent, objective assessment of the roofs, expertise in scheduling, and persistence with the contractors, including assessing penalties to keep them on schedule, resulted in the client’s ability to claim the tax credit on these projects, each valued at approximately $500K.